Top Considerations before Hanging Your Pendant Lights

Pendant lights are very popular fittings. They are not only stylish, but are also dramatic as well. If hanged correctly at the right places, pendant lights can bring tons of personality to any room.

It’s very important that you think about how they look and how they function before hanging them. When shopping for pendant lights, you should have a clear knowledge on how and where you are going to hang them. You should also know what features you are going to look out for. Here are the key considerations.

Work out your goal

Apart from thinking about the space where are planning to hang your pendant light in, you should also think of what you want to achieve with it. You should work out whether the pendent light is for providing an essential level of ambient light, or useful task light.


Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How high is my ceiling?
  • How big is the space I want to hang it in?
  • What natural light does the space usually get?
  • Is the light purely for decoration?
  • Do I want the pendant light to a statement piece or to b lend in?

If the pendant light is supposed to provide essential ambient light, then you must make sure that the light output is adequate. If the pendant is providing task lighting, then there must be a down lighting element with a bit more controlled beam of light. If it’s purely decorative or ambient then a lower light or diffused output will be more appropriate.

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Pay attention to proportion

You need to consider how or small the pendant is in relation to the space. A small space that has a low ceiling doesn’t necessarily need pendant lights. However, if the space is huge, with very high ceilings, then having a small pendant hanging close to your ceiling would actually be lost, and will not only provide little or no light, but will also look proportionally incorrect.

In a small room with low ceiling, a small pendant with minimal drop will work. On the other hand, a more dramatic pendant with a notable slender form could work perfectly and provide enough, uniform ambient light enough to light the stairs in a stairwell with a huge vertical floor to ceiling height.

Think about the mix

When planning in Pendant Lighting, you should think about your room’s overall light levels. Hanging pendants in a room is all about building up great layers of light. For public or office buildings, go for a more uniform wash of light throughout the room. But in your home, you obviously want a bit of atmosphere ate drama, with big pools of light levels in some areas, and light levels dropping off considerably in other areas.

Pendant lights will definitely help with this. They can create warm lights over lounge seating, breakfast bars, or tables.

Factor in the environment

Bathrooms and kitchens can be very hostile environments for pendants. As usual, these rooms have water vapor, steam, cooking grease and heat in the air. So, they might not need pendants at all especially if they are not spacious.

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